Photo Credit: Visit Rochester
When people think about New York, they immediately think about The Big City. Manhattan. New York City. The Big Apple. Am I right? New York has so much history and so many beautiful places to explore. Next month, this long time New Yorker is finally heading up to Rochester, New York, for the first time! To prepare for my trip, I'm beefing up on some amazing Rochester history, through photos (with not a huge amount of reading.)
Rich history of Rochester, New York
Apparently, Rochester's East Avenue was once a dirty, hacked pioneer lane into one of the grandest approaches to any city in the world. Who knew? All it took was architects, landscapers, and craftsmen and remains one of the most beautiful streets in Monroe County.
Every great city is made of neighborhoods. Rochester is no different. These days, Rochester has 128 neighborhoods, far more than when Rochester started back in the 1700s. Rochester has been known as the Flour City, the Flower City, Picture City and was even a part of the Underground Railroad!
What city doesn't have a downtown, right? Main Street and State Street are the core of Rochester's Downtown. Before visiting it next month, learning about how it has evolved throughout the years into the current Downtown, is a must!
From what I've been told, while on my trip to Rochester, I'll be eating my way through the very cool South Wedge neighborhood of Rochester. How did South Wedge become what it is today? Apparently, being so close to the University of Rochester and proximity to Erie Canal had a lot to do with it's current popularity.
History is fun, and all. But, who wouldn't want to learn a bit about haunted locations in Rochester? We've got a ton of legends about haunted houses around Long Island, and our surrounding areas. Heck, I even live on a lake that claims to be guarded by a pissed off princess who sucks people into the lake FOREVER. So, of course I want to find out what ghosts are haunting this gorgeous city!
Rochester is filled with history, beauty, and from what I have learned so far, amazing architecture, too. Visiting the area is going to be a ton of fun, and I can't wait to compare the pictures from the books, to the real places I'll be experiencing in real life.
Bring it on, Rochester. I'm ready. I'm educated. I'm coming for you.